I used to hate the Montreal Canadiens. Just hated ’em. There were two teams that I always wanted to lose — no matter who they were playing, no matter whether it was playoffs or early in the season, I wanted them to lose — the New York Yankees and the Montreal Canadiens. I still hate the Yankees (watching Boston take them out in four straight after being down 3 games to none two years ago was just awesome), but for whatever reason, my dislike for the Habs has waned in recent years.
I can’t tell you why this has happened. There isn’t a particular player on the Habs that I like, nor any that I really dislike (other than Mike Ribeiro, after his exceptional acting performance during the playoffs 2 years ago). Maybe it’s because of Saku Koivu’s battle with cancer. Maybe it’s the fact that they really sucked for a few years, while the Leafs were making the playoffs every year, though that’s what I used to wish for, so I don’t see why that would be the case. Or maybe it’s just because I’m older and more mature, and so hating a team for no other reason than because I always have just doesn’t make sense to me.
But I still hate the Yankees.